‘Batgirl’ Lining Up Talent for Lead Role


Batgirl is now closer than ever to casting the lead role.


Back in May, we learned that Bad Boys for Life (and Ms. Marvel) directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah were set to helm the long-gestating film centered on Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl. The project has been reimagined by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey), and is no longer connected to Joss Whedon’s pitch from years ago.


Now, THR is reporting that the film is reasonably close to finding its Barbara Gordon: Isabela Merced (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Zoey Deutch (Zombieland: Double Tap), Leslie Grace (In the Heights), and Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart) all seem to be in the mix, although the latter could’ve dropped out before the current phase of tests.


If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on either Merced, as she’s quickly gained a cult following and exudes charisma, or Grace, who has one toe inside Warner Bros. already. That being said, they could all be overtaken by another candidate for all we know.


The film will open on HBO Max, marking one of the first major DC properties to bow exclusively on the streamer. Word is that it’s not connected in any way to Matt Reeves’ The Batman, since Warner Bros. appears to be doubling down on elseworlds and divergent takes on the DC characters.


No release date has been set, but we’re probably looking at a 2023 arrival. Kristin Burr (Cruella) is producing.